Where can you find great, fresh, delicious local food? Lots of places in Minnesota! Farmers’ markets are located all over the state, and are a great opportunity to meet the people who grow the food. Many farmers sell food right on their farms, giving their customers the chance to really see and touch the farm life. Community Supported Agriculture is a way for consumers to actively buy in to a seasons’ worth of a farm’s production. Some farmers have banded together into groups to offer customers easy access to a wide variety of products. Some grocery stores even sell locally grown foods! Read on to find out just where the local food sources are near you...
People with lots of experience in buying locally grown food estimate that it costs them 20 to 25 percent more than buying typical supermarket fare. Wait—wait—don’t go away! There are also many ways to add some locally grown foods to your diet without breaking your grocery budget. Read on to find out more.
- Authors: Jane Grimsbo Jewett & Derrick Braaten
- Published: 2005 (updated 2011), MISA, Univ of Minnesota
- Intended audience: consumers / the general public
- Goals / purpose: To create an approachable and easy-to-use guide for the consumer interested in buying local food for the first time or finding new ways to do so.
Methods - How would someone know they could trust this?
- Wealth of information, and directs readers to more outside resources
- Includes appendices with farmers market directory, local food directory, recipes, and more.
- From 1 (not very well)–4 (very well), how well does this source of food knowledge:
- Engage an adequate range of perspectives and types of knowledge? (3)
- Translate between diverse perspectives? (3)
- Address conflicts across perspectives? (2)
- Generate useful information for those affected by the issues addressed? (4)
- Include an adequate range of relevant stakeholders throughout the knowledge-creation process? (3)
- Help users of this knowledge source learn from each other? (4)
- Allow users of this knowledge source to put what they learn into action? (4)
- Consider the larger context as necessary? (2)
- What is useful, meaningful, surprising, or a problem? Questions?
- Begins with a glossary of local food terms.
- Cites a wealth of outside resources.
- Testimonial sidebars woven throughout.
- Includes appendix "Consumer Information on Buying Meat Direct from Farmers"
- Ends with recipes using local food, seasonal food guide, instructions on food preservation.
- What do you think could or should be done with this source of knowledge?
- What has already been done?
- How should we keep track of what this knowledge does as it circulates in the world?
- What connections would you like to see made to other information / people / organizations?
See http://www.misa.umn.edu/Publications/ for this and other resources from MISA.(ID# 4009)